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NextImg:Meteor, part of the Lyrid shower, caused a bright flash and sonic boom in Indiana

Some Hoosiers were alerted to the bright flash and sonic boom of a falling meteor at around 8:45 p.m. Friday night.

The fireball from the meteor, part of the Lyrid shower, was bright enough to show up on National Weather Service lightning mappers. 

Hamilton County Emergency Management in Indiana said that no damage or injury was suffered as a result of the meteor. The agency also said that pilots in neighboring Kentucky to the south had seen a meteor to their north.

The Lyrid meteor shower is falling over central Indiana, with the peak of meteor volume expected to come Saturday and Sunday night. The shower, which started on April 15, is projected to pass by April 29, according to NASA.

Doorbell cameras from numerous homes across the area recorded the boom and flash, including the one owned by Westfield, Indiana resident Mark Zieles.

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However, the show was not limited to Indiana alone. The American Meteor Society received 26 reports of seeing the fireball from Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan residents.

• Brad Matthews can be reached at bmatthews@washingtontimes.com.